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Today was the day that I picked up my 959 from the paint shop (I had opti-coat applied to it). And my friend bought a Panigale 1299S today. So, we both got to take our new Panigales out for an hour or so after all that was done. Tomorrow we'll do a longer ride. I also picked up a new helmet that would go better with this bike. I'm really loving my 959!







 

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Differences between the 959 and 1299S

look like twins... LOL


anybody know what parts are shared between both bikes?

Riding with a buddy that has the 1299 really helped to list out the differences. The tail is the same. The front is the same. It might be easier for me to list the differences.

The brakes are M50 on the 1299
The forks are upgraded on the 1299
The headlights are LED on the 1299
On the 1299 you have auto-blipper for downshifts.
On the 1299 you can adjust ABS, EBC, and TC while riding (in addition to changing riding modes)
On the 1299 they have the Marchesini wheels
The 1299 has the single side swingarm
The 1299 is lighter
The 1299 has the read seat cowl standard (I ordered one for $299)

I'm probably missing some things, but those are the main things I can think of. Anyone (who doesn't know a lot about Panigales) that I've shown the picture of the 2 bikes to has struggled to identify all the differences...
 

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@jimglasgow can you compare S1000RR with 959 in terms of weight distribution, handling at lower speeds, nimbleness? Does it feels lighter/heavier, what's your general impression if we exclude power?

@avigil, have you rode 1299? Can you do the same comparison in terms of weight feel? I'm interested in 959, but I like 1299 details and lower weight, but in real traffic and commute I wonder which one is more suitable, and I don't need 1299 power in any case.

If you can compare them to R6/GSXR750 2008+ it would be great, I've test rode these two, but not 899/959 yet. Thanks in advance.

At first I was into monster (trying to change my direction because I'm coming from supersport bikes), but panigales are really beautiful, and I'm into monster 1100evo which is used, air cooled, and I assume more twitchy in low speed traffic but I wonder which one is more nimble, because 959 wet weight is 200kg EU, probably 190kg with full akrapovic, and monster says 188kg. If anyone has driven both, that comparison would be nice to.
 

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@jimglasgow can you compare S1000RR with 959 in terms of weight distribution, handling at lower speeds, nimbleness? Does it feels lighter/heavier, what's your general impression if we exclude power?

@avigil, have you rode 1299? Can you do the same comparison in terms of weight feel? I'm interested in 959, but I like 1299 details and lower weight, but in real traffic and commute I wonder which one is more suitable, and I don't need 1299 power in any case.

If you can compare them to R6/GSXR750 2008+ it would be great, I've test rode these two, but not 899/959 yet. Thanks in advance.

At first I was into monster (trying to change my direction because I'm coming from supersport bikes), but panigales are really beautiful, and I'm into monster 1100evo which is used, air cooled, and I assume more twitchy in low speed traffic but I wonder which one is more nimble, because 959 wet weight is 200kg EU, probably 190kg with full akrapovic, and monster says 188kg. If anyone has driven both, that comparison would be nice to.
You might want to look at the basic geometry / purpose of these bikes as opposed to just the weight ratings. Less weight doesn't always equate to better handling in every situation. There are a lot of factors to consider, too many to list here. but basically, any super bike is going to be less user friendly in city / traffic situations than say a Monster or that style of bike. Super bikes are designed to go fast, period. So everything about them works better at higher speeds. They will be much more "twitchy" in lower speed traffic conditions than a Monster would be. I suggest you evaluate the type of riding you're most likely going to be doing and make your choice from there.
 

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I know I know, that's why I asked. I'm mainly interested in comparison with japanese bikes because I've ridden some of them, and never tried panigale, but only in terms of weight/nimbleness because I'm aware of different L twin power delivery and behavior. Monster on the other hand, I don't know... I'm trying to change my direction and try something different other than sportbikes and my daily driving include roads and commute environment which is suited for both monster and panigale so even they are different worlds in my case comparison makes sense.

Probably best way to find out is to test ride them, but my dealer still have not 959 or 899, and I'm interested in 1100evo monster and they only have 821/1200 as demos, but they are different, bigger, heavier, not my sphere of interest. I of course will test them as they are available, but until then I would like to hear some other experiences :)

Sorry for bad English
 

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I know I know, that's why I asked. I'm mainly interested in comparison with japanese bikes because I've ridden some of them, and never tried panigale, but only in terms of weight/nimbleness because I'm aware of different L twin power delivery and behavior. Monster on the other hand, I don't know... I'm trying to change my direction and try something different other than sportbikes and my daily driving include roads and commute environment which is suited for both monster and panigale so even they are different worlds in my case comparison makes sense.

Probably best way to find out is to test ride them, but my dealer still have not 959 or 899, and I'm interested in 1100evo monster and they only have 821/1200 as demos, but they are different, bigger, heavier, not my sphere of interest. I of course will test them as they are available, but until then I would like to hear some other experiences :)

Sorry for bad English

Compared to my Jap sportbikes, especially the ZX-6R, the 959 is not as quick steering out of the box but makes up for it with excellent mid turn stability and finishes corners well. So it's a bit of a tradeoff, same thing with power, it kicks butt on the Jap bikes down low and into the midrange but doesn't have the high rpm overrun. Depends on what you like but the 959 is a very quick bike.
 
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The 1299 is awesome, but I love that you can still ring out the 959 on the street. You'll still be going ridiculously fast, but at least you can get into the powerband. I feel like the 200+ hp bikes you just can't have as much fun on the street. On the track, of course more power is better.
 

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The 1299 is awesome, but I love that you can still ring out the 959 on the street. You'll still be going ridiculously fast, but at least you can get into the powerband. I feel like the 200+ hp bikes you just can't have as much fun on the street. On the track, of course more power is better.
Totally agree! My last bike was a 1000 fireblade and I was not having any fun on it whatsoever. Yes it was fast as heck but I was also bored as heck too. This pic basically sums it up:
 

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